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Cookie Recipe

This chocolate chip cookie recipe has been in my family for generations and generations, or at least 10 years. I am describing this in detail, as other people have had a hard time trying to reproduce the nice, thick cookies that I get from this.

  • 1 cup brown sugar (C&H Golden Brown)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup shortening (Butter Flavored Crisco)
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 3/4 package Chocolate Chips (12 oz bag of Nestles Tollhouse Semi-Sweet chips)

350 degree oven for 12 minutes.

Add the brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla and shortening to a bowl. Mix with a hand mixer. I also pack the brown sugar tight and maybe add a little more than 1 cup. I have found that they type of brown sugar used is critical: if I use a brand other than C&H Golden Brown, the cookies end up flat instead of nice and thick.

Add the eggs and blend this into the mixture. This is the last that the mixer will be used, so you should probably stop and clean it up now.

Add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix with a spoon. Add the chocolate chips and continue mixing.

Finally, take a (approximately) tablespoon worth of dough, roll in you hands to make a nice even ball, and put on cookie sheet. I use a double layer, air insulated cookie sheet. The big advantage is that it is almost impossible to burn the bottom of the cookies using this.

Put a full (I get 8 cookies on my sheet, 15 on my parents cookie sheets) tray in a 350 degree oven. All ovens seem to register a different temperature: the original recipe called for 375 degrees. A lower temperature takes longer to cook but tends to make a softer cookie. The time also depends on the oven: my current oven takes about 12 minutes. The way to tell if the cookies are done is to place a spatula half of the way under a cookie and lift. If the cookie keeps its shape, it is done. If it starts drooping, the cookies need to cook a little more. Place the hot cookies on wire racks to cool.